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Alec Waugh describes his novel as an erotic comedy. It is the story of a respectable Treasury official, Victor Trail, and his wife Myra, whose marriage has lost its flavour, owing to Victor's clock-work schedule and Myra's bland acceptance of it. The unexpected revelation that Victor has suspiciously altered his routine rouses Myra out of her complacency, and her jealousy rapidly changes the shape of their lives. It leads her into a series of quite extraordinary adventures and demimonde activities which are altogether astonishing in a respectable married woman.
Her discomfiture is made all the more excruciating by her new-found intimacy with Victor, who apparently knows nothing about her illegal actions and amazing amatory diversions-or does he?
The reader of this novel of sex and international intrigue is in for a number of surprises. The only unsurprising thing about it is that it is a marvellous piece of entertainment by a past master of the art.
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Alec Waugh, 1898-1981, was a British novelist born in London and educated at Sherborne Public School, Dorset. Waugh's first novel, The Loom of Youth (1917), is a semi-autobiographical account of public school life that caused some controversy at the time and led to his expulsion. Waugh was the only boy ever to be expelled from The Old Shirburnian Society.
Despite setting this record, Waugh went on to become the successful author of over 50 works, and lived in many exotic places throughout his life which later became the settings for some of his texts. He was also a noted wine connoisseur and campaigned to make the 'cocktail party' a regular feature of 1920s social life.
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Book Description W.H. Allen / Virgin Books, 1970. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Includes dust jacket. Slight shelfwear to the dust jacket. Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Seller Inventory # mon0008114196
Book Description WH ALLEN, 1970. Condition: Very Good. VG condition book with dust jacket. DJ is clean, has fresh colours and has a little wear to edges in protective sleeve. Book has clean and bright contents. Seller Inventory # 9999-9994454653
Book Description WH ALLEN, 1970. Condition: Used: Very Good. VG book/VG- jacket. 2nd printing. Seller Inventory # MCK-SFB-E10
Book Description Hardback. Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Seller Inventory # GOR004401770
Book Description W H Allen, London, 1970. Hardcover. Condition: Fair. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair. 1st Edition. 223 pages, a novel by the prolific Alec Waugh, maybe not "erotic" in the modern sense. A respectable civil servant's wife changes her routine and becomes involved in some "quite extraordinary activities" very much out of character. A "marvellous piece of entertainment by a past master of the art". Book very slightly out of binding kilter, mark on rear pastedown and rear free end paper, tiny part of rear pastdown affected at top by a nick, some marks on outside edge of pages. Jacket creased and chipped at edges, one flap corner bent, foxing to parts of both flaps, generally tired though front illustration remains bright, not price-clipped, now poly-protected. Seller Inventory # P55
Book Description W H Allen, London, 1970. hard Cover, 8vo, First Edition. Book Condition: Good. Light edgewear. Remainder Mark, Old price endpaper. Light foxing edges. Very clean interior. Dust jacket: Good. Moderate edgewear. 3cm tear bottom front. Smaller tears top back. Clipped. Seller Inventory # 009714
Book Description W.H. Allen, London, 1970. Cloth. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Seller Inventory # 009062
Book Description W, 1970. Hardback. Condition: VERY GOOD. 1970. W. H. Allen. Hard Cover. Book- VG. Dj- VG. 8.5x5.5. 223pp. Seller Inventory # 1821816
Book Description Paperback. Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Seller Inventory # GOR002311434